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Tucion, Thursday, September 20, 1984 nrigers' celebration ; DETROIT (AP) Reality set in quickly (or the Detroit Tigers after they clinched the American League East title. Their clubhouse was joyous Tuesday night, immediately after reliever Willie Hernandez struck out Milwaukee catcher Jim Sundberg to preserve a 3-0 victory over the Brewers, ( Corks popped, champagne flowed. Relief pitcher Doug Bair, one of few Tigers with post-season experience, tried to put things into perspective. : , ' "It's a . long haul, but this is the easy part," Bahr said. He was with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1982 when they won the National League East and defeated Milwaukee in the World Series. f "In the playoffs, there's going to be a lot of American League Pinch-hit homer lifts The Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS Pinch-hitter Steve Christmas hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning to break a tie and help the Chicago White Sox beat the Minnesota Twins, 7-3,' last -night.. It was Christmas' first major-league homer.. The Twins have lost three straight games. They trail Kansas City by 2 games in the West. The Royals lost, 4-3, in 11 innings to California last night. "We gave (Steve) Christmas a present, didn't we? his first major-league home run," Twins manager Billy Gardner said. "When I saw that ball go up, I thought it was a pop fly," Gardner said. "I couldn't believe it. I'd like to see them put up a 40-foot wall like they have in Fenway (Park in Boston)." The Twins originally drafted Christmas out of high school in the 33rd round in 1975 but failed to sign him. Floyd Bannister, 13-10, allowed five hits in seven innings before being replaced by Ron Reed. Mike Smithson, 15-13, was the loser. Greg Walker led off the seventh with a single. With two outs, Walker stole second and pinch-hitter Roy Smalley was intentionally walked. Christmas batted for Marc Hill and homered to left, giving Chicago a 6-3 lead. Record bid rained out FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. Rain postponed Martina Navrati-lova's opening match last night in the Lynda Carter Tennis Classic. It delayed for at least a day Navrait-lova's bid to break Chris Evert Lloyd's winning streak of 55 matches. Navratilova is top-seeded and is to play unseeded Melissa Brown in the third match of this morning's session, to begin at 7 Tucson time. Navratilova tied Even's record . Tuesday when the Women's Tennis Association reduced Even's 10-year-old record by one victory because a default mistakenly had been included in the streak. Swedes win at Geneva GENEVA, Switzerland Top-seeded Mats Wilander of Sweden defeated Switzerland's Roland Stadler, 6-2, 6-1, yesterday in the opening round of the $100,000 Martini Tennis Open at Pare Eaux Vives. Sweden's Henrik Sundstrom, seeded second, defeated Hie Nastase of Romania, 6-2, 7-6 (8-6), and third-seeed Juan Agirilera of Spain defeated Claudio Panatta of Italy, 6-4, 6-0. Unseeded Damir Heretic of West Germany upset seventh-seeded Zol tan Kuharsky of Switzerland, 64, 7-6. Doctor says AH is not in danger NEW YORK (AP) Former world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali was given test medications yesterday by doctors who said he had minor symptoms of Parkinson's disease. Ali said he wanted to assure his fans he was not dying. Ali, 42, apparently did not have Parkinson's disease, a degenerative brain disease, per se. One of Ali's doctors, Martin Ecker, said experts believed Ali's condition could be controlled by medicine. ' "He's not in any danger," Ecker, a medical director of All's boxing management company, said. guys in this room with tight throats," Bair said. The point wasn't lost on Detroit manager Sparky Anderson. He said he has vivid memories of leading the 1973 Cincinnati Reds to a 99-63 season in the NL West. The Reds were beaten by the . New York Mets, three games to two, in the play- , offs. '. -, .. : . "You've got nowhere to go if you lose three . (in the playoffs), so you're going to shoot everything you've got," Anderson said before Tuesday night. "You're running a 100-yard dash after running a marathon. It starts and it's over." The Tigers got off to a record 35-5 start and never had anyone closer than 3'2 games thereafter. . Red Sox 10, Blue Jays 4 TORONTO Dwight Evans drove in six runs with two homers and Mike Easier hit a two-run homer to lift Boston. In the three-game series, Evans hit four homers and had 10 RBIs. The Blue Jays surpassed 2 million in home attendance for the first time in their eight-year history. Boston lefthander Bruce Hurst, 12-10, earned his first road victory since beating California on July 21. In 5 innings, he gave up six hits, struck out five and walked one. Evans hit his second three-run homer of the night, and Easier got his two-run homer in a six-run fifth that put Boston ahead, 9-1. The Blue Jays chased Hurst in the sixth when George Bell walked, Cliff Johnson singled and Jesse Barfield hit an RBI-single to center. Jim Clancy, 12-15, got the loss. Tigers 4, Brewers 2 DETROIT Detroit played a predominantly reserve lineup and got an RBI-triple from rookie Scott Earl in a three-run second inning. "When you get 12 hits, you better score more than two runs," Milwaukee manager Rene Lachemann said. "This has been all too familiar to us this year." Tom Candiotti, 2-2, gave up nine hits and four runs in 3y3 innings. Yankees 6, Orioles 5 NEW YORK Don Mattingly drove in three runs with three hits and rookie Mike Pagliarulo hit a A.M. Sportwatch The Associated Press Two upset in tennis BORDEAUX, France American Vitas Gerulaitis and French champion Thierry Tuslane were upset yesterday in the $75,000 Pass- ing Shot open tennis competition, counting for the Volvo Grand Prix. Gerulaitis, who has not played on clay since the French Open, was beaten by Argentina's Christian Mlniussi, 6-4, 6-2.. Tuslane seemed tired after his recent national victory. He lost to Francisco Cancellotti of Italy, 6-4, 6-1, in the second round yesterday. Mears 'progressing well" INDIANAPOLIS Race driver Rick Mears, who suffered severe foot fractures in a crash in Canada on Sept. 7, is progressing well from an operation on his right foot, Methodist Hospital reported yesterday. Mears underwent the first operation Sept. 11. He is scheduled for further surgery on his feet Monday, hospital spokesman Dave Richards said. Colt Fqrtysix favored DELAWARE, Ohio Trainer-driver Chris Boring said he hopes the precaution works. He's putting cotton in Colt Fortysix's ears for the Little Brown Jug today. A field for 21 colts has been split 1 V J-2 . n V L U ; I mens h ffflt Arizona fun but brief Chicago two-run homer as New York completed a three-game sweep. Joe Cowley, 9-1, gave up four runs on six hits in 6 innings for his eighth consecutive victory. Dave Righetti pitched the final 2 innings for his 27th save. Mike Boddicker, 18-11, had his six-game winning streak broken. With the score tied at 2 in the fifth, Rex Hudler drew a one-out walk. He took second on Bobby Meacham's single and scored on Scott Bradley's single, his first major-league RBI. Meacham scored on Mattingly's single. A's 8, Rangers 7 OAKLAND, Calif. Garry Hancock's two-out, bases-loaded single off reliever Tom Henke capped a ninth-inning rally. Dave Kingman singled to lead off the ninth and pinch-runner Steve Kiefer stole second. Henke, 1-1, struck out Dwayne Murphy and Mickey Tettleton but walked Bruce Bochte and Mike Davis to load the bases. Hancock hit a 1-1 pitch to left to drive in Kiefer and make a winner of Steve McCatty, 8-14. Mariners 4, Indians 3 SEATTLE Alvin Davis' two-run double in the second off Neal Heaton led Seattle. Rookie lefthander Mark Lang- ston, 16-9, allowed four hits and struck out nine to increase his league-leading total to 195. He was relieved by Edwin Nunez after giving up a leadoff single to Carmen Castillo in the ninth. into three divisions in the $366,717 Jug, the middle leg of pacing's Triple Crown. Colt Fortysix is the favorite today. ' Boring doesn't put cotton in the Albatross colt's ears for an,ailment. He does it to shut out distractions. "He has a tendency to goof off when he hears a lot of noise," Boring said. "We do it to keep his mind on his business, to keep his attention. Hinkle leads by one shot LAS VEGAS, Nev. Lon Hinkle took six shots off par on the last five holes and had a career-best, 9-under-par 62 to take a one-stroke lead yesterday in the Las Vegas Invitational. It is pro golf's richest tournament. Fuzzy Zoeller suffered a recur rence of chronic back spasms and was unable to make a defense of his title. The winner is to receive $162,- 000. 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